President Trump reacted Tuesday to the death of journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts from complications from breast cancer by saying “she never treated me nicely,” reports The Washington Post.
“I never met her,” Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One about Roberts, who earned three Emmy Awards, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.
Pres Trump on Cokie Roberts, to pool reporters traveling with him on Air Force One.
“I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals.”
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— Karen Travers (@karentravers) September 17, 2019
“She never treated me nicely,” he complained, before adding, “But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional, and I respect professionals.”
“I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot,” he added. “She was a real professional. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”
Trump on Cokie Roberts: “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals."
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 17, 2019
Roberts’ death prompted an outpouring of support from media colleagues and political figures, including former president Barack Obama, who called her “a trailblazing figure [and] a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men.”
Former president George W. Bush remembered her as “a talented, tough, and fair reporter.”
Roberts co-anchored ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002 and served as NPR’s congressional correspondent for more than a decade beginning in 1978.
“Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists,” ABC News President James Goldston said in a statement Tuesday.